Lately I seem to have met more and more individuals whose writing is exceptional but who have not yet found a traditional path to publication or to an audience. Their writing, in many ways, is better than what’s currently in the bookstores. I wonder how many, if any, of them will “make it.” What does it mean to “make it” as a writer, anyway? And who counts as an author? Wishing to be an author doesn’t make it so. But being excluded by gatekeepers should not necessarily be the final say, either.